Okinawa and the Secret to Longevity (Sponsored Post)
While there are no official records of the undying (yet), more people live beyond 100 years of age in Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture than anywhere else in the world. And while they may have tapped and plumbed the fountain of youth somewhere in the hundreds of islands, the key to longevity may be more simple.
Life medicine, or what the locals call nuchigusui, is an Okinawan precept for healthy living. By focusing everyday practices on easing the mind, satisfying the spirit and looking after the body, the locals have inhabited a philosophy that seems to be working pretty well.
It all comes down to fresh food, stress-free living and a connection with nature that is endemic to Japanese culture and way of life. For thousands of years, the rich beauty of the islands has been conserved, and if you look at the stars at night – amidst almost no light pollution – you can catch a glimpse into ancient utopian times.
Whether it’s long stretches of white sand beaches, rare blue coral reef or dense jungles, 20 per cent of the Okinawa Prefecture is national park. The islands are also incredibly fertile, and provide a habitat for dugongs, turtles, rare cats and thousands of other animals that feed off its rich resources.
Food itself is the essence of nuchigusui. Eating is revered as medicine; vitality is passed from the cook to the customer. The island chain has countless wholesome dishes that are native to the region, from delicious teas to rich sobas, all of which aim to nourish and rejuvenate.
Okinawa might be the only place you’ll ever visit where the more time you spend, the more time you earn on Earth, and even if you don’t find the secret to immortality, you’ll walk away feeling pretty bloody relaxed.
Check this vid out to see what we mean.
This post has been presented in conjunction with Be.Okinawa, but all opinions are the author’s own.
Cover by Ryo Yoshitake